This one was pretty well decided when the green flag flew. After resuming the lead on lap 185, Clint Bowyer drove away at will.
Jimmie Johnson left the pits in the lead during the final caution period and was never headed.
With 100 laps remaining Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief, Chad Knaus, guaranteed a victory and Johnson pulled through in fine fashion, picking up his fifth win of the season.
Carl Edwards used the No. 55 car as a pick to pass Kasey Kahne on lap 335, and from there, he drove off into the night.
Pat Tryson’s call to leave leader Kurt Busch out on the track during the final two cautions ultimately proved to the be the correct one.
Jeff Gordon simply spun himself out heading into turn 1 with two laps to go, setting up a furious battle between Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards for the win. Overdriving his car, Edwards missed the corner and slipped into the sand trap in the second-to-last turn of the race, giving Stewart an uncontested run to the checkered flag.
On lap 154, Kurt Busch assumed the lead yet again, and the rest of the field couldn’t pedal fast enough to keep him in sight.
With 10 laps to go, Tony Stewart muscled his way under Kevin Harvick. The two skirmished for a lap, but Stewart quickly emerged ahead and drove off to an uncontested win.
Matt Kenseth got a good run on Tony Stewart with 38 laps to go at Chicagoland, but Stewart held off the challenge… it was clear sailing for the No. 20 after that.
Carl Edwards looked three-wide but thought better of it on the last lap at Daytona, leaving teammate Jamie McMurray free to catch the perfect side draft and hold on to beat Kyle Busch to the line in what turned into the third-closest NASCAR finish in the past 15 years.